WyattM_herbal - St. John's Wort: Depressing or No? Many...

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St. John’s Wort: Depressing or No? Many herbal medicines are used throughout the world to treat a variety of illnesses, despite the fact that their efficiency is questionable at best. One of these supplements is St. John’s wort, or Hypericum perforatum . The plant is so named because it happens to bloom on the birthday of St. john the Baptist, and is an easily recognizable site in Europe as a perennial plant with bright yellow flowers (1). The flowering tops of the plant itself are crushed to produce a liquid extract which is then delivered in either a liquid or solid form to the patient (2). St. John’s wort is used mostly as an antidepressant, and enjoys a leading role in many countries as the leading treatment for mild depression (1). It seems that St. John’s wort lifts spirits in the same way that conventional drugs do, by altering levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, like serotonin. Such strong effects are also accompanied with side effects. St. John’s wort may induce photosensitivity in those that take as well as rendering certain other medications ineffective (1).
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